Firstly, it no news that Chinese Company, TCL will start production of new Blackberry Branded phones. We reported that some days ago. Read it HERE
Now with Chinese electronics manufacturer, TCL being the exclusive global manufacturer and distributor of all upcoming BlackBerry-branded smartphones (with the exception of a few markets, namely India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Indonesia), BlackBerry and TCL have teamed up and scheduled to show off the next generation of BlackBerry devices at CES in Las Vegas next month and one of the devices to be showcased is expected to be the last model designed in-house by BlackBerry.
Expectedly, this device is supposedly going to have a QWERTY keyboard… it’s a BlackBerry device remember? Previously leaked images of the phone, which was given a code name of “BlackBerry Mercury,” revealed a handset that looked like a trimmer version of the BlackBerry Passport with a physical QWERTY on board.
With the images of the Mecury surfacing online, a dual curved-edge screen (although the curves seem mild compared to others sporting a similar design), and the physical QWERTY keyboard were visible. Unlike the Passport, which uses a combination of physical keys and on screen characters, the Mercury’s QWERTY keyboard includes punctuation and numbers.
The BlackBerry Mercury will according to reports, be powered by the Snapdragon 821 chipset, which includes a quad-core CPU and the Adreno 530 GPU. A large battery pack to run the phone two days on a single charge is also expected come with the “Mecury”. However, the screen-size (which can be seen to have been shortened by the physical QWERTY keyboard) is said to measure 4.5-inches.
A surprising and a quite novel feature which I am personally anticipating is the fingerprint scanner will be embedded in the space bar. Interesting right? This will be the first ‘Berry to include the Biometric reader.
All subsequent BlackBerry handsets after the Mercury will be designed, manufactured, marketed, sold and supported by TCL.
What do you think about the Mecury? The Design, Chipset, Keyboard, Alleged battery power… Let us know in the comment box.